Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO:6502) will expand manufacturing capacity at its plant in Houston, Texas for production of drive motors for hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and electric vehicles (EVs), the Japanese company said today.
The electric motors will be Toshiba’s first overseas manufacturing of the automotive propulsion motors that are currently produced in Mie Prefecture, Japan. The decision follows the awarding of a major contract to supply drive motors for hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles for Ford Motor Company. The company also makes inverters, another key component for EVs.
“Toshiba recognizes the importance of localizing production within North America to ensure long term growth and make a commitment to the North American market,” said Shinichiro Akiba, President, Toshiba International Corporation, a Houston-based Toshiba Group company that manufactures and markets motors and industrial equipment.